TreadLightly steps up for National Recycling Week having diverted 1 million pairs of shoes from landfill

Today, in line with this year’s National Recycling Week, TreadLightly has achieved its goal to recycle more than one million shoes, which equates to over 500,000 kgs diverted from landfill.

TreadLightly is a national recycling initiative, powered by the Australian Sporting Goods Association (ASGA) and trusted recycler Save Our Soles (SOS) is an industry-led initiative providing a local solution to a global waste problem. TreadLightly gives Australians an opportunity to ‘do their bit for the planet’ by giving new life to old shoes. 

TreadLightly works closely with over 32 of Australia’s key sporting and active lifestyle brands – with over 900 collection points in retail stores across Australia.

Shaun Bajada, Executive Director, ASGA shared his appreciation for the consumers, retailers and recycling partners that have helped TreadLightly achieve the significant milestone.

“In 2021 we set the ambitions goal to recycle one million shoes and we are thrilled to have succeeded in such a short period of time. We’re incredibly grateful to every single Australian who made the effort to donate their old and worn-out shoes keep shoes of landfill. Those shoes have now been processed and are on their way to being made into useful products like gym mats as well as playground and retail flooring,” said Bajada.

National Recycling Week, established by Planet Ark in 1996, is held every year during the second week of November (13-19 November 2023) and TreadLightly’s efforts tie in well with this year’s theme ‘what goes around, comes around’ as the organisation is passionate about driving a truly circular economy.

“TreadLightly is committed to helping Aussies lower their impact on the planet by reducing waste in our communities. Footwear components take up to 1000 years to decompose and with only around one percent of all old footwear currently collected and recycled, we still have a long way to go. Together we can change this and step into a better future,” concluded Bajada.

To find your closest collection location visit  For a full list of participating sporting and active lifestyle brands visit

For any images, further information or to set up interviews with a brand representative, please contact Tara Ballard (contact details: 0436 330 267

About ASGA

The Australian Sporting Goods Association was formed in 1981 to act as the “peak body” representing a broad spectrum of sporting and active lifestyle goods industry participants, including brands, manufacturers, distributors, and retailers.

ASGA is a leading industry voice on issues impacting the health, trade, taxation, regulation, market research, environmental and sustainability areas of the sporting and active lifestyle industries. It aims to foster the market growth, provide services, and advocate for increased participation in sport and physical activity. ASGA is a leading advocate in the industry and is at the forefront of debate and leads industry opinion.

About Save Our Soles

As Recycling Process Lead, Save Our Soles (SOS) manage all resource reclamation activities, from extraction to end product development. Save Our Soles is committed to ensuring that all Shoes that are imported into Australia and New Zealand are recycled and used in this market. Australia imports approximately 100 million pairs into Australia and New Zealand every year and we have to start reusing this valuable product rather than throwing them into landfill.

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